Hi everyone, this is our teams first year using the versa planetary ratchet slice and we’ve run into what appears to be a failure of the pawl spring.
Our current configuration is a 775 pro with a 70:1 reduction followed by an encoder and lastly the ratchet slice. The pawl is tied off to a string attached to a pancake cylinder.
The ratchet wasn’t working and when we pulled apart the gearbox we found the spring to be permanently deformed and slightly shorter than a new spring.
So my questions has anyone see this happen before?
We possibly suspect either a shock load when our winch drum was crushed, or over compression from the pancake cylinder.
Secondly does anyone know of any prevention techniques? Possibly a more robust spring replacement than the one that comes with the kit?
Any advice is greatly appreciated as our 1st District Event is this weekend.